Lex Amor & Bel Cobain have dropped a new track today as part of new Hackney based community movement The Silhouettes Project, shining a light on artists in the shadows and protecting local spaces from gentrification. The Silhouettes Project provides an open space – a recording studio and live venue (located within the Total Refreshment Centre in Hackney, London) – where MCs, singers, musicians and producers can connect and create.
The Silhouettes Project is providing a new platform for up and coming Hip-Hop, Soul and Jazz artists from the UK. Founded by Asher Korner (aka Kosher) and Jaden Osei- Bonsu (Eerf Evil), The Silhouettes Project was fueled by the need and passion to create a space where artists can connect and create progressive music with a message. Following a series of packed out live events in late 2019 and early 2020 a group of core artists were invited to Asher & Jaden’s Root 73 Studio to create an album.
On the conception of the project, Asher + Jaden explain: “There is a desperate need for spaces in which people can come together and develop their creative potential, especially with the consistent withdrawal of funding from the arts sector in the UK and with the constant threat of gentrification which has seen the closure of countless community and grassroots creative organisations. As artists ourselves we understood that the creative process can be challenging and sometimes isolating, especially when there is no clear support network to fall back on. This led us to bring our efforts into the physical realm by organising a series of free live music events for all of these artists to come to, showcase their work alongside our house band, and connect with each other.”
Have a listen to ‘At The Bay’ featuring Lex Amor & Bel Cobain, let us know what you think:
In November 2019, eight artists from Kenya, Uganda and the UK spent a week in Nairobi together making an album exploring new tangents in soul music.
Every day of the writing camp they worked with a new combination of artists, putting their powers of improvisation and collaboration to the test. The result was a body of work that reflected the range of backgrounds, interests and disciplines in the group; from acapella harmonies, soft spoken word, transcendental gqom, razor sharp swahili rap, bumping broken beat and beguiling RnB.
The tracks capture a spirit, unique to a place and time that won’t be replicated again; an energy and atmosphere forged by open minds and prodigious talent. The artists involved include: Faizal Mostrixx (Ug), Hibotep (Ug), K15 (UK), Karun (Ke), Labdi (Ke), Lex Amor (UK), Lynda Dawn (UK) and Maxwell Owen (UK).
Geefree and Intalekt came together to form Billy Dukes last year with their debut EP, which was stunning from start to finish. Their clever storytelling ability and production throughout the album was impressive, and to watch them stir and interact the crowd during their album launch party was particularly special.
Teaming up with two artists I am more than excited to watch grow within the UK hip hop scene – Lex Amor and TINYMAN, they have released ‘99 miles’. Stripped down and smooth, the production leaves no hiding place for a lyricist. TINYMAN’s quick, tenacious flow delves into pockets which seem hard to hear are possible. Whilst the transition to Lex’s spoken word, more delicate tone presents a wonderful change in style. UK rapper, Seinna seems to glide through the track with ease, effortlessly countering each word with amazing clarity.
London based lyricist; Lex Amor recently dropped a new track titled; Mood. Lex Amor first grabbed my attention with her feature track; ‘Praises’ (listen below) in the first Touching Bass Chronicles, towards the end of last year. Her candid, spoken word flow makes her stand out amongst other UK hip hop artist.
Having mostly laid lyrics down to hip-hop and soul stylized productions, her new release ‘Mood’, sees Lex Amor shift gears on a heavy trap beat. Impressively, she manages to ride the beat whilst still maintaining her spoken word poetic flow.